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Missile uses microwaves to destroy electronics

Boeing has announced the first ever test of a new missile system known as Champ. Champ stands for Counter-electronics High-powered Advanced Missile Project. The goal of the project is to create a missile that can defeat any electronic target with little or no collateral damage.
The missile test was conducted on October 16 at 10:32 AM at the Utah Test and Training Range. The Champ missile was launched, and as it approached its first target, it fired a burst of High Power Microwaves into a two-story building built on the test range. Inside the building were rows of personal computers and electrical systems that were turned on to help gauge the effects that the missile would have on the electronic equipment.
According to Boeing, seconds after the missile passed over its target the PC monitors went dark as Champ knocked out computer and electrical systems in the target building.

“This technology marks a new era in modern-day warfare,” said Keith Coleman, CHAMP program manager for Boeing Phantom Works. “In the near future, this technology may be used to render an enemy’s electronic and data systems useless even before the first troops or aircraft arrive,”

Boeing says that the television cameras that were set up to monitor the experiment were knocked off-line by Champ as well. The missile hit seven targets during the one-hour test that proved it was able to degrade and defeat electronics inside test buildings. The team working on the project is currently studying the data collected during the test.

“We know this has some capabilities and some impact, we’re really trying to engage the customer to see if there is a way we can actually get this fielded and implemented sooner than later,” Dodd said.

“Today we turned science fiction into science fact,” Coleman said.

The Champ missile had its first test in 2011.

Sources: Boeing, The Verge

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How about Hardened targets?
By Denigrate on 10/24/2012 10:43:49 AM , Rating: 2
PC's and such are great. How about shielded/hardened military gear?

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By ritualm on 10/24/2012 11:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
1. EMP the target.
2. Profit.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By RufusM on 10/24/2012 11:49:06 AM , Rating: 3
If we can do it to someone, they can probably do it to us. This doesn't sound that difficult to reverse engineer.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Adonlude on 10/24/2012 12:18:04 PM , Rating: 3
Thats what they did. Microwaves are EM.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By alanore on 10/24/2012 11:18:15 AM , Rating: 3
That is where the horses and bayonets come in.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By geddarkstorm on 10/24/12, Rating: -1
RE: How about Hardened targets?
By jemix on 10/24/2012 1:17:53 PM , Rating: 3
...and "We have these ships that go underwater" according to our Commander in Chief.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By euclidean on 10/24/2012 1:37:13 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry...but this was an awesome comment :).

Made me laugh out loud for real...

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Alexvrb on 10/24/2012 9:02:38 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, so you've also seen Obama's military budget.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By kattanna on 10/24/2012 12:44:20 PM , Rating: 2
How about shielded/hardened military gear?

just how does one harden/shield a camel?


RE: How about Hardened targets?
By JediJeb on 10/24/2012 3:05:39 PM , Rating: 2
Spray it with lacquer and rub it down with Turtle Wax.

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By Ammohunt on 10/24/2012 4:23:12 PM , Rating: 2
In the midst of the chaos, I could swear that I heard my goats screaming for help. As quickly as they had come, the infidels were gone.

-Gary Johnston

RE: How about Hardened targets?
By vFunct on 10/24/2012 7:40:52 PM , Rating: 2
yah this wouldn't work against military targets, since they're shielded by Faraday cages anyways.

Mostly against civilian targets.

"Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine." -- Bill Gates
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